Do you love espresso? But do you find it hard to make good espresso at home? Especially if you don’t like the cost of buying them on a regular basis. You probably don’t want to invest in a bulky, expensive machine for your home (what are they, plated with gold or something)? If you’re a fan of espresso but not the price tag that comes with it, it’s time to consider getting a stovetop espresso maker.
We are here to provide you with a rundown on how to make stovetop espresso. We’ll break down a short, simple, and sweet – at least, if you’re into added sweetener – set of stovetop espresso maker instructions, so you can enjoy the perfect cup of espresso on the cheap, whenever you want.
How To Use A Stovetop Espresso Maker: A Step By Step Guide
Let’s get started on how to use your stovetop espresso maker with these simple steps:
Step 1. Prepare Your Coffee Maker
First separate your stovetop espresso maker into its three parts:
- The lower portion for the water
- The filter for the coffee grounds
- The upper chamber for the finished coffee
Step 2. Grind The Coffee
You will need to grind the coffee on a fairly coarse setting. The typical finer grind that is perfect for espresso is not always a great choice for the Moka pot, as it can leak and cause issues.
Step 3. Add in Water
Fill the lower part of your stovetop espresso coffee maker chamber with cold, filtered water. Be sure not to fill it past the safety valve!
Step 4. Add In The Coffee Grounds:
Take the filter basket and fill it all the way with coffee grounds. Make sure it is full! This is an important step, as under-filling it can cause you to have some brewing issues. Once you have a filter basket full of coarsely ground coffee, move on to Step #5!
Step 5. Reassemble The Unit
You’re almost ready to make your coffee! All that’s left is to put your stovetop espresso maker back together. First, place the filter back into the water-filled lower part of the unit. Then screw the top part on well.
PRO TIP: Do not over tighten the top chamber! Most threaded metal devices, particularly ones that come equipped with a gasket like this, do not require excessive force. Just make sure it is firmly tightened and head on to the next step!
Step 6. Add Heat!
This step is simple. Place the stovetop espresso maker on the stovetop, turn on the stove, and wait for the water to come to a boil. Most units are fairly small, so it shouldn’t take too much time.
Be sure not to wander off, because you need to be present when it does start to boil. If using a gas stove, be careful the flame doesn’t melt the plastic handle.
Step 7. Serve And Enjoy:
Once you hear a gurgling sound, that’s the cue that the water has made the short, hot trip north and has filled the upper chamber with some delicious coffee.
Once you hear gurgling, remove the maker from the stove and pour!
PRO TIP: Don’t leave the coffee on the burner for more than a few seconds after the gurgling begins, as one of the prime dangers of making espresso this way is getting a burnt taste due to overheating during the brewing process.
Other Methods For Making “Moka” Coffee
So an 8oz cup of coffee has the same amount of caffeine found in a quarter the amount of Moka coffee, while an equally sized shot made with an espresso machine has even less. That’s right: a shot of Moka pot coffee has more caffeine than a shot of espresso!
Moka coffee can tend to over-extract from the coffee grounds compared to an espresso. So be prepared to have some stronger coffee with a higher caffeine content than usual. Drink responsibly!